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Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Programs
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Join the Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Department staff for our upcoming virtual programs. Attendees of the live programs will have the opportunity to ask questions. All programs are FREE and require registration. Please sign up for the Library's e-newsletter to learn about all of our services and programs. View our previously recorded programs on the Library's Local History YouTube playlist. ASL Interpretation is available upon request; please contact us at least four weeks in advance to ensure this service can be provided.

The Library’s Local History Department is supported, in part, by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. The Drake House Museum is supported, in part, by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks and Recreation. Both are supported, in part, by 2022 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grants from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Is there a topic or speaker you would like us to present, please let us know!

Saturday Morning History Chat

flyer image showing illustration of American Revolutionary Molly Pitcher.Untold Stories of the American Revolution
Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:30am via Zoom

Presented by Richard Bell
Register Here

Most people know something about the American Revolution and about the Founding Fathers. But the full story of the Revolution requires us to look beyond their lives and expand its cast of characters. This talk examines four other revolutionary lives: an immigrant propagandist, a female solider, a fugitive from slavery, and the grieving widow who became the most important Native American leader during the war. 

There will be time at the end for Q&A.

Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of the book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home which was a finalist for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award and the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Archives Resource Program

Plainfield City Directories program flyerPlainfield City Directories from A to Z
Thursday, November 17, 2022
10:30am via Zoom
Presented by Jane Thoner, Plainfield Library genealogy librarian
Recording Available
(handout)

Please join Plainfield Public Library for an in-depth look at the city directories that cover Plainfield -- and some of the wider area. Learn how to find the directories and what you can discover when you investigate them. Real-life examples will illustrate the ways to get the most of the directories and avoid searching pitfalls.

Whether you're tracing your family history, curious about Plainfield's past, or uncovering the history of a Plainfield home, this is a webinar for you!

There will be time at the end for Q&A.

 



2022 Upcoming Programs - All Programs Are FREE
Programs are Co-hosted with the Plainfield Historical Society / Drake House Museum
View Past Recordings / View Library Calendar
Date Programs: Please be aware the pending programs below may change. Not all presenters allow program recording.
Learn More & Register
Nov. 5
10:30am to noon
Questioning the Questions of the U.S. Census / Presented by Karen Gaffney
This program is supported by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH), a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of the NEH’s “A More Perfect Union” initiative. For more information about NJCH, visit: https://njhumanities.org/
Recording Available
Nov. 17
10:30am to
11:30am
Plainfield City Directories from A to Z / Presented by Jane Thoner Recording Available
Dec 10
10:30am to noon
Untold Stories of the American Revolution / Presented by Richard Bell Register Here
  * We try to record and post all of our virtual programs. Recordings are posted to our YouTube playlist. Not all speakers permit recordings.  

 

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